Court re-charges transgender author Leslie Feinberg for action supporting CeCe McDonald

first_imgEditor’s note: A campaign has been initiated to demand that the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office drop the charges against Leslie Feinberg. Contact the office by phone (612-673–2010), or through their website at www.minneapolismngov/attorney/index.htm. A Sept. 13 court hearing is pending.This article uses the gender-neutral pronouns hir and ze.CeCe McDonald touches hands with Leslie Feinberg, WW managing editor, author and LGBTQ leader, through the plexiglass barricade during a visit in April 2012.WW photo: Leslie FeinbergLeslie Feinberg has been recharged, this time by the Minneapolis City Attorney for hir solidarity action in support of CeCe McDonald on June 4, the date of McDonald’s sentencing. Feinberg’s charge, which is classified as a “gross misdemeanor,” carries with it a possible 1-year prison term plus a $1,000 fine.The case of CeCe McDonald in Minneapolis roused support and solidarity from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer activists and supporters around the country. This young, African-American, transgender woman was the victim of a violent, racist, anti-gay, anti-trans attack in June 2011. She and her friends were set upon by three bigots as they walked past a bar. One of her attackers smashed a bar glass into McDonald’s face, puncturing her cheek and salivary gland.A melee followed in which McDonald was the only person arrested. She was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and eventually accepted a plea deal that allowed her to avoid possibly decades in prison for a crime she says she did not commit. For defending herself against a violent attack, McDonald was given a prison term of 41 months.Feinberg is an award-winning author, transgender warrior and trailblazer in the LGBTQ liberation movement. Ze is also a revolutionary Marxist and a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. Despite being in poor health, Feinberg traveled to Minnesota to visit McDonald in jail prior to her sentencing, and again for McDonald’s June 4 sentencing. A large “noise” protest took place outside the county jail that night to let McDonald — and her state captors — know she was not alone.Feinberg was arrested and jailed for three nights without bond for hir participation in the actions outside the jail. Mass pressure on the county attorney resulted in Feinberg’s release and the dropping of felony charges.McDonald’s case and unjust incarceration were raised at Pride events in June around the U.S. and in several other countries. “Free CeCe McDonald!” has become a rallying cry for many in the struggle for LGBTQ liberation, against racism, and for the right to self-defense against violence fueled by hateful bigotry.On Aug. 30, Feinberg announced the recharging on hir Facebook group page. “I hope to see friends and other activists in court,” Feinberg wrote. “As defendant, I welcome parents and other caregivers bringing children of all ages, including infants and toddlers. I’ll bring crayons and drawing paper. Please wear purple/buttons/t-shirts in solidarity with CeCe McDonald! I’ll be wearing the free CeCe t-shirt designed by artist/activist Ricardo Levins Morales.“I’ve made a sign in support of CeCe to take with me to court. If you make and post your own sign in support of CeCe McDonald and/or have already posted one online, send me a copy of the photo/credit/location via social media and I’ll do my best to include your solidarity in the multimedia dedication to CeCe.”Feinberg has been ordered to appear in court on Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m., at the Hennepin County District Court, 401 S. Fourth St., in Minneapolis.‘I will not be silent!’Feinberg gave the following statement, noting, “These words below are the only statement I can make at this time — the best I can do. I also include my June 4 statement below.” (See tinyurl.com/95nbv9y  for the complete statements.)I will not be silent!As a revolutionary activist, journalist/author, and proud member of the National Writers’ Union/UAW Local 1981 — I will not be silent!STOP the WAR AGAINST TRANS WOMEN of COLOR! FREE CECE McDONALD NOW! supportcece.wordpress.comTO NATIVE NATIONS: MY GREETING of RESPECT I send my greeting of respect to Indigenous Nations on the land now claimed as “Minnesota.” I vow to continue to defend your land and treaty rights, rights to sovereignty and self-determination, and defense of this planet that sustains all life. I am a proud neighbor of the Onondaga Nation.As violent weapons of rule by the 1%, the police, prosecutors, judges and prison officials invoke “law.” I recall that in 1862, this racist injustice system proclaimed it “legal” to lynch 38 Dakota men in a mass execution in Mankato, after convicting the defendants of “war crimes” after 15-minute trials.The Dakota people were forced to march into concentration camps, and many were deported to reservations far from the land of their ancestors.STOP DEPORTATIONS: NO WORKER IS ‘ILLEGAL’ I send my heartfelt solidarity to immigrants who are courageously defying apartheid passbook laws. Stop racist apartheid laws, ICE immigrant-bashing, detentions & deportations!STOP BRUTAL POLICE OCCUPATIONS in OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES! End racist profiling, the school-to-prison pipeline, racist, mass incarceration, the Prison-Industrial Complex, and prisons for profit!FBI: HANDS OFF ACTIVISTS! stopfbi.netFREE MICHAEL WILLIAMS NOW!Solidarity with Muslims & Sikhs in the U.S. and around the world! facebook.com/events/429647060388717/STOP ENDLESS WARS for PROFIT!Solidarity with Pakistani sex(es)/gender(s)/sexualities in Sukkur who protested Pentagon drone attacks. Those killer drones leave from the same small airport in Syracuse, N.Y., U.S., as the plane that will take me to Minneapolis, MN.Bring all the troops home! Disband private corporate armies! Free Pfc. B. Manning! Hands off Assange & Wikileaks!JOBS, HOMES, FOOD, HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION! NOT PRISONS & PENTAGON WARS!JAIL the real criminals: the 1%!Supporters are urged to write McDonald to let her know she is not forgotten and that the struggle for her release continues. Please address correspondence to: Chrishaun McDonald, OID #238072, Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud, 2305 Minnesota Blvd. S.E., St. Cloud, MN 56304. Visit supportcece.wordpress.com for more information on the struggle to free CeCe McDonald.ERRATA: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that the Hennepin County Prosecutor’s Office — which had brought the earlier felony charges and then dropped them — had recharged Feinberg.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

UVM Hosts: ‘Sustainable Business: Practices in Support of People, Profit & Principles’

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,For decades, Vermont has been known for growing businesses that are worldwide innovators in clean energy and environmental stewardship. The state is also an epicenter for businesses, outside of typical “green” industries, that lead the way in social and environmental best practices while remaining highly profitable. The University of Vermont Continuing Education offers the opportunity for people to learn from these experts in one of the leading places for sustainability studies through its summer institute “Sustainable Business: Practices in Support of People, Profit and Principles,” a five-day summer program at its Burlington, Vermont campus, that takes place July 11-15.Attendees learn the design, organization and management principles, and practices that have made Vermont enterprises sustainable and profitable from the very entrepreneurs and business leaders who have forged the way. More importantly, they can apply what they learn to their own careers and businesses.”The primary goal of the Sustainable Business program is to bring business leaders together in Vermont so they can connect directly with the thought leaders at the university and throughout Vermont who are helping pioneer the redesign of business for the twenty-first century,” said Matt Sayre, director of UVM’s Institute for Global Sustainability. “UVM helps students establish a supportive network of like-minded professionals, and then return to their companies and communities as knowledgeable champions of positive change.”The program is led by Jon Erickson, Ph.D., president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, Managing Director of the Gund Institute and professor at the Rubinstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Environmental Program at UVM. Featured speakers include Jeffrey Hollender, founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council; David Blittersdorf, founder of NRG Systems and president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables; as well as professors and practitioners from the University of Vermont, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Rhino Foods, Gardener’s Supply, Green Mountain Power, Ben & Jerry’s and more.Attendees go on to transform their careers. Program alumnus Brendan LeBlanc came to the program because he wanted to open one of the nation’s first CPA firms to conduct audits of businesses’ sustainability and corporate social responsibility practices. He had the background with positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fidelity Investments, Control Solutions International and Accume Partners. At UVM, he gained the knowledge, credibility and certification he needed to open his firm, LeBlanc & Associates. Now, he is at the forefront of measuring the financial impact of sustainable business initiatives and practices, working with clients, like Ben & Jerry’s and Stonyfield Farm, who he opened relationships with during his time at UVM.Like no other school, UVM leads the way in integrating green and environmentally responsible practices and has received numerous high rankings in ratings of green colleges by organizations that include Forbes Magazine, the Sustainable Endowment Institute, and Kaplan College Guide. The state of Vermont has ranked at the top of “greenest state” lists for several years running, including Forbes Magazine in 2007, by a Pitney Bowes Business Insight survey in 2009, the website 247wallst.com in 2010 and again by website Greenopia.com in 2010.For more information, visit http://learn.uvm.edu/sustainable-business(link is external). For questions regarding registration or fees, please call University of Vermont Continuing Education at (802) 656-2085, or toll free at (800) 639-3210.About University of Vermont Continuing EducationContinuing Education (CE) helps thousands of non-traditional students continue their education at the University of Vermont. Through collaborations with the various colleges and schools, CE offers courses and programs to help students explore their options to advance or change their careers. BURLINGTON, Vt., Jun. 08 /CSRwire/ –last_img read more

Lindelof named Sweden’s best player

first_imgRelatedPosts Manchester United defender tackles thief in Sweden Greenwood rescues point for United Lindelof pens new Man U deal until 2024 Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has been named Sweden’s best player for the second successive year after impressing for his country.  Lindelof, 25, has retained the title after helping Sweden close in on a place at next summer’s European Championship.Sweden are second in Group F in European Championship qualifying and are assured of a Playoff place if they fail to finish inside the top two.The former Benfica man is only the second player to win it after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s domination when the former Paris-Saint Germain star won it 10 times in a row from 2007 to 2016.Andreas Granqvist won it in 2017 before Lindelof won it in 2018 and now 2019.Lindelof, speaking to TV4, said of winning the award: “I am proud and grateful to have received this award two years in a row. It means that I have done something good and that people have liked it.“It is hard to explain. I am very happy and proud. Now it will be even more hard work, I have many years left in my career and may be able to take home some more.“As a player, you don’t go around thinking about it, you just do the best for your team, then you become happy when they call and announce that you’ve got the prize. It means a lot.” Tags: Victor Lindeloflast_img read more